An introduction into Turkish history (including the Ottoman Empire) through a comparative study of the historical novels and nonfiction of Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk. Addresses Pamuk's role as an intellectual-author who mediates between Islamic culture, secular modernity, the Turkish national tradition and an international canon of literature. Political implications of Sufism, cultural revolution, Orientalism, and post-colonialism. Secondary focus on representations of cosmopolitan Istanbul, political Islam and the military coup. Taught in English.